What To Do If You Are Injured During Medical Treatment
Doctors are responsible for keeping us healthy and safe. They monitor our vitals, perform surgery, deliver our children, and care for us when we are ill. But sometimes doctors make mistakes. And these mistakes could usually have been prevented if the doctor was more careful during their treatment of the patient. These mistakes can be physical mistakes, such as hitting a nerve or nicking a blood vessel during surgery, or they can be mistakes in judgment, like misdiagnosis. Regardless of the type of mistake, they can have very serious consequences for the patient.
When you’ve been injured by medical malpractice, you may not know where to turn. At the outset, you might not even know that you were injured until you later uncover that the source of your illness or injury was due to negligence of a doctor or hospital staff. An experienced Boston medical malpractice attorney can help you evaluate your claim and give you the information you need to make legal decisions. Attorney David Dwork can assist you with your medical malpractice claim.
Types of Medical Malpractice
There are as many types of medical malpractice as there are types of medicine. Doctors can commit obstetric malpractice, misdiagnosis, nursing home negligence, surgical errors, or anesthesia errors. Some medical malpractice claims leave a patient with a physical scar from their trauma. Others are not noticeable from the outside, but cause a patient recurring pain and diminish their quality of life. Some examples of situations where the patient can have a medical malpractice claim include:
- Misdiagnosis of your illness
- Failure to diagnose, especially cancer and other illnesses that are treatable if diagnosed correctly at the outset
- Surgery errors, such as incorrect surgical site, incorrect surgery, or leaving surgical instruments or sponges inside the patient
- Obstetric malpractice during childbirth or caesarean section surgery
- Infection at a surgical site
- Scarring or disfigurement from botched surgery
- Prescription and medication errors
- Emergency room errors
- Failure or refusal to treat patient
- Wrongful death resulting from medical malpractice
Why You Need an Experienced Medical Malpractice Attorney
In order to prove your medical malpractice claim, you need to show that the doctor, nurse, or hospital staff person was negligent in their care. Negligence for medical professionals means that they acted outside of the scope of what a reasonable doctor would do in their situation, therefore putting the patient at an unreasonable risk of injury, illness, or death. How do you prove this? You need a lawyer who understands medical terminology and medical protocol. Attorney David Dwork has built his practice representing victims of catastrophic personal injury, including brain injury. Attorney Dwork has the expertise and the know-how to handle cases that involve very technical and complicated medical information. He knows how to build a case using medical records, testimony of witnesses, reports from experts, and information about medical practice standards. But more importantly, Attorney Dwork understands the seriousness of your injury. He represents victims of serious accidents both competently and compassionately.